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2004 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Folic Acid--By Risks, Conditions, and Quality of Life Measures

Some health experts recommend that women take 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid, for which of the following reasons....*

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  Total
Respond.^
Make strong bones Prevent birth defects Prevent high bp Other
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 4,043 667 17.1 15.7-18.7 2,597 61.9 59.9-63.8 143 3.9 3.2- 4.8 636 17.1 15.6-18.6
Have Health Insurance
Yes 3,268 499 15.1 13.6-16.7 2,199 66.2 64.2-68.2 103 3.3 2.6- 4.1 467 15.4 13.8-17.0
No 768 167 24.5 20.5-29.0 394 46.0 41.5-50.6 40 6.3 4.2- 9.3 167 23.2 19.5-27.3
Body Mass Index
Underweight 67 11 15.4 7.5-28.8 47 69.8 53.4-82.4 1 1.8 0.2-11.7 8 13.0 4.8-30.7
Recommended Range 1,564 229 15.4 13.2-17.9 1,090 67.2 64.1-70.1 54 4.1 2.9- 5.8 191 13.3 11.3-15.7
Overweight 1,228 200 17.3 14.6-20.4 757 59.1 55.5-62.7 53 4.8 3.5- 6.6 218 18.7 16.0-21.7
Obese 945 188 20.0 16.9-23.4 558 56.8 52.8-60.8 27 2.9 1.9- 4.5 172 20.3 17.1-23.8
Current Smoker
No 3,078 485 16.2 14.6-18.0 2,065 64.5 62.3-66.7 102 3.7 2.9- 4.8 426 15.5 13.9-17.2
Yes 954 181 20.1 16.8-23.8 522 52.9 48.8-56.9 41 4.6 3.2- 6.4 210 22.5 19.2-26.1
Binge Drinker
No 3,558 585 17.1 15.5-18.8 2,326 63.1 61.1-65.1 116 3.6 2.9- 4.5 531 16.2 14.7-17.8
Yes 453 80 18.2 14.0-23.4 255 55.0 49.2-60.8 26 6.1 3.8- 9.5 92 20.7 16.3-25.8
Heavy Drinker
No 3,882 642 17.2 15.7-18.8 2,509 62.1 60.2-64.1 134 3.8 3.0- 4.6 597 16.9 15.4-18.5
Yes 129 19 15.6 9.0-25.6 72 56.9 46.2-66.9 8 9.6 4.4-19.4 30 18.0 11.9-26.3
Fair/Poor Health Status
Yes 366 83 20.8 16.3-26.1 179 50.1 43.5-56.8 12 2.6 1.3- 4.9 92 26.5 21.0-32.9
No 3,674 584 16.8 15.2-18.5 2,417 63.0 61.0-65.0 130 4.0 3.3- 5.0 543 16.1 14.6-17.7
Current Asthma
Yes 307 51 16.9 12.2-22.9 187 60.0 52.7-66.9 8 2.2 1.0- 4.6 61 20.9 15.3-27.8
No 3,723 613 17.1 15.6-18.8 2,400 62.0 60.0-64.0 135 4.1 3.3- 5.0 575 16.8 15.3-18.4
Diabetes
Yes 108 23 23.3 14.4-35.5 63 52.5 40.5-64.3 3 3.5 0.9-12.2 19 20.7 12.1-33.1
Yes, During Pregnancy 85 10 15.0 7.0-29.2 66 76.0 62.3-85.8 2 1.7 0.4- 6.8 7 7.3 2.9-17.2
No 3,825 627 17.0 15.5-18.6 2,456 61.9 59.9-63.8 137 4.0 3.2- 4.9 605 17.2 15.7-18.8
No, Bordeline Diabetes 23 7 24.0 9.9-47.6 11 62.1 37.3-81.8 0 0.0 . - . 5 13.9 4.8-34.4

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* This question was asked only of respondents who reported being between ages 18 and 44.

^Use caution in interpreting percentages with a numerator of less than 20. N = numerator, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

** Northeast NC I: Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Warren counties.
Northeast NC II: Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Northeastern Partnership: Northeast NC I and II regions combined.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC): Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

*** Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.

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